The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) is to equip its new Boeing F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) Eagle combat aircraft with a disorientation recovery function capability, the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 27 November.

Boeing has been awarded a USD15.5 million contract to fit the system, which is designed to automatically recover the aircraft should the pilot lose situational awareness. While details of the particular system to be fitted to the F-15SA have not been disclosed, similar technologies work by recovering the aircraft into straight and level flight once the pilot releases the throttle and control column.

The RSAF has lost a number of aircraft in recent months, including two F-15S (Saudi) Eagle fighters. While the causes have not been disclosed, this DoD contract suggests that pilot disorientation may have been a factor in at least some of the losses. […]